Red Sox trying out Yamaico in left field

July, 8, 2011
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona decided it was a good time to see how infielder Yamaico Navarro could play the outfield at the major league level.

He will play left field for the Red Sox against the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Fenway Park and will bat ninth.

An infielder by trade, Navarro impressed Red Sox management during spring training while he was running down balls in the outfield during batting practice. Due to his athleticism and arm strength, when the regular season started in Pawtucket, Navarro began playing the outfield on a trial basis.

“We saw him run balls down this spring during BP, like a lot of guys do, but as an organization we thought maybe we should think about doing this,” explained Francona. “We wanted to get his feet on the ground at Triple-A first.”

He’s played a total of 11 games in the outfield for the PawSox (eight in right and three in left). He’s also played nine games at third base, seven at shortstop and five at second base.

“They say he’s been really good,” Francona said. “He’s got a good clock defensively. When the ball is hit to him at short or third, you never see him rush and he has a real good awareness of where the runner is and it seems that has translated to the outfield.”

During his time in Boston, beginning last August, he’s played third, short and second for the Red Sox.

Navarro was recalled from Pawtucket on June 30 and he’s hitting .286 with one home run and two RBIs for the Red Sox.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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